October 24, 2011

Apps for Autism on 60 Minutes

by Different Roads to Learning

CBS just aired an interesting segment on apps for individuals with autism and communicating with the iPad. You can watch the entire segment here:

There’s also an interesting follow-up segment interviewing teachers who feel the apps for people with autism are “overblown”:

Are you using apps with your students with ASD? If so, which ones? What do you think the value of the iPad and other tablets is to the learning needs of the autism population?

October 18, 2011

No TV for Children Under 2, Doctors’ Group Urges

by Different Roads to Learning

According to this article in the NY Times, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement that watching television or videos is discouraged for babies younger than 2 because studies suggest it could harm their development. These are the first guidelines issues by the AAP in more than a decade. What do you think of the AAP statement?

October 18, 2011

Pick of the Week: Seasons Flashcards

by Different Roads to Learning

As Summer has turned into Fall, it’s important for children to understand the changes that come along with the shifting of the seasons. This deck of Seasons Flashcards shows the activities of each season and what clothes we wear so that children understand how the things we do both inside and outdoors are affected by the time of year. The included cards depict how we snuggle under the covers in the winter cold or splash in the pool in the summer heat. With Autumn in full swing, this is the perfect time to introduce this concept.

To save 15% this week only on the Seasons cards, enter the Promo Code BLOGSF11 at checkout.

*Offer expires on October 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

October 11, 2011

Pick of the Week: Small Steps, Big Skills Video Modeling Game

by Different Roads to Learning

This week’s pick at a 15% discount is Small Steps, Big Skills which is an evidence-based video modeling game that teaches 22 skills for independence. The software combines Applied Behavior Analysis methods of video modeling and least-to-most prompting by having players watch the skill being completed and then practicing it in a game format. The interactive program rewards players with 8 fun games and shows a wide variety of materials to promote generalization skills. The skill areas covered in the program are: Helping in the Kitchen, Getting Ready for the Day, Helping at Home, Cafeteria Time, My Clean Room, and Time to Relax.

To save 15% on Small Steps, Big Skills this week only, enter the Promo Code BLOGSSBS at checkout.

*Offer expires on October 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

October 4, 2011

Pick of the Week: Winomino

by Different Roads to Learning

This week’s pick at a 15% discount is Winomino, a colorful geometrical puzzle game that develops fine motor, visual spatial, and problem solving skills. The challenge is to find as many patterns as you can from the puzzle pieces shown on the card. This can be a 2-player game or adapted for one player. There are various levels of difficulty so you can adjust the game to over 900 possible puzzle combinations.

Save 15% on Winomino this week only by entering the Promo Code BLOGWOM at checkout.

*Offer expires on October 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

September 28, 2011

Special Needs Talk Radio has debuted!

by Different Roads to Learning

Coffee Klatch, a corporation dedicated to providing resources and educational programs for families with special needs children, has a new sister company called Special Needs Talk Radio which features interviews with leading experts, advocates and more  in the field of Special Needs. Special Needs Talk Radio debuted on September 6 and will present six new shows hosted by twelve different moderators. This new network is aimed at providing parents with the most current news and information covering a wide range of special education topics. 

The network will present six shows that will be broadcasted weekly and are currently scheduled to run through mid-October. They cover topics from Parenting Issues, Raising children with ASD, Special Education and the Law, Inclusion and more. The website also offers interactive features that allow users to be actively engaged in the content by suggesting topics, making comments, and asking questions that can be answered during the live shows.

To find the show schedule and to learn more about each program and upcoming guests, visit:

Special Needs Talk Radio

September 27, 2011

Pick of the Week: Music in my Mouth – Songs for Speech & Language Skills

by Different Roads to Learning

This CD with 26 original songs and the accompanying manual are designed to be used by SLPs, early educators and families to teach and practice a variety of skills related to the development of communication skills. Competence in communication is essential to a child’s personal, social, and academic success. Each song equips children with the concepts, behaviors, and self-talk skills that support the development of speech, language and social interaction. The manual provides detailed tips on how to integrate the songs with other activities.

Save 15% on Music In My Mouth this week only by entering the Promo Code BLOGMMM at checkout.

*Offer expires on October 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

September 20, 2011

Pick of the Week: Laundry Jumble Game

by Different Roads to Learning

The Laundry Jumble Game is our Pick today, being offered all week at a 15% discount. We LOVE this game! Beautifully illustrated cards with various animals tell users which article of clothing they need to find. Reach into the dryer to find the piece of clothing that matches the card using only your sense of touch. Make a match and you can keep your card. Watch out for the Skunk’s undies though! Draw that and you lose a card. This is a fun and engaging game that encourages tactile exploration and fine motor skills with laughter.

Save 15% on the Laundry Jumble Game this week only by entering the Promo Code BLOGLJ2 at checkout.

*Offer expires on September 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

September 13, 2011

Pick of the Week: 1 to 10 Counting Cans

by Different Roads to Learning

This week’s pick being offered at a 15% discount is the charming 1 to 10 Counting Cans kit. The 10 cans each contain colorful fruits and veggies that introduce early math skills and are perfect for imaginative play. You can use this adorable kit to teach number recognition, everyday vocabulary and sorting as well. The kit contains 55 plastic manipulatives in 10 durable cardboard cans with lid. The included activity guide offers intervention strategies.

This week only, order the 1 to 10 Counting Cans and save 15% by entering the Promo Code BLOGCC10 at checkout.

*Offer expires on September 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Not compatible with any other offer. Be sure there are no spaces after the Promo Code when you enter it at checkout.

 

 

September 7, 2011

iPhone helps visually impaired gain a more independent lifestyle

by Different Roads to Learning

We’ve all heard how helpful Apple’s iPad can be for those with special needs with all of its adaptable features and applications but now apple is being praised for another one of its popular products, the iPhone.

For individuals with low-vision, the iPhone has many functions which can aid them in using their phones independently and help them in completing daily tasks. These features enable the opportunity to be more independent while using a small everyday device that is not outwardly different from those around them. 

For example, reading emails and text messages can be difficult for low-vision users causing them to depend on others for help. Apple now offers a feature called VoiceOver that gives the user a spoken description of what is on their screen. This unique feature can also be programmed to help individuals use other features like the web and email. The iPhone also offers a variety of features that can help aid in other daily skills for those with low-vision like scanners that allow them to identify objects such as grocery items, signs and prices making shopping and visiting other everyday locations easier. Read more on the iPhone for Visually Impaired here.

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